Michael Bisping to defend UFC belt against Georges St-Pierre

Michael Bisping to defend UFC belt against Georges St-Pierre

It was one of the most drawn out sagas in the history of the UFC but it's official, Georges St-Pierre is returning to the Octagon and his return fight is absolutely huge.

And while St-Pierre may be ring-rusty, the former welterweight is expected to pose Bisping some serious problems.

The UFC later said in a news release that the fight would take place in the second half of 2017. While Bisping was rumored, Anderson Silva and McGregor were also names that fans had in mind.

The 35 year-old GSP will be returning to action for the first time in over three years, having vacated his title in November 2013 after a split decision win over Johny Hendricks in order to take some time out from the sport. We pride ourselves in taking a deeper look into the fighter, and understanding what makes them click.

"He wanted to take some time off from the sport and he's been talking about coming back for a couple of years", White added.

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Michael Bisping holds a 30-7 professional mixed martial arts record, picking up the UFC middleweight title by knocking out then-champion Luke Rockhold back in June of previous year.

Last month, White mentioned St-Pierre had broached the possibility of moving down to 155 pounds. I personally wasn't a believer, but he and I got together in Las Vegas, we had dinner and we got a deal done. They think he's beatable and obviously, Georges St-Pierre is no different.

The two fighters are slated to appear at a news conference Friday in Las Vegas prior to the UFC 209 weigh-ins.

"Not even close", White said when asked how close he was to making a fight between St-Pierre and McGregor.

"We haven't set a date yet, but that's the fight", White said during an appearance on ESPN's SportsCenter. "I'll guarantee you right now, hand on my heart".